Legacy Circle

Big Sur Fire Legacy Circle


DSC_4376 The Big Sur Fire Board of Directors are pleased to announce the creation of the Big Sur Fire Legacy Circle, the purpose of which is to honor donors who make planned gifts to Big Sur Fire.  The Big Sur Fire Legacy Circle is a specially recognized list of donors who have named Big Sur Fire in their will or another form of planned gift.  Planned gifts are an extraordinary way to leave a lasting legacy to honor you, your family, and your community.

Bequests naming Big Sur Fire are one of the simplest ways you can provide for the future safety of our community.  Gifts to Big Sur Fire are completely exempt from estate taxes.  Participation includes bequests, insurance policies and various other kinds of planned giving instruments. For more information on our Legacy Circle program, simply contact Big Sur Fire at 831-667-2113, or by email at: info@bigsurfire.org , or by USPS at P.O. Box 520 Big Sur, CA.  93920.

The very generous bequest given to Big Sur Fire by Robert Thompson is the first realized gift to the Big Sur Fire Legacy Circle and as such Bob is the Founding Member.  We appreciate and are thankful for the farsighted gift and deep commitment Bob had for the continued safety of our community and its visitors.




2f047064-3cc7-465d-8931-f3ab1b212e04Robert A. Thompson (1943 – 2017)

Robert A. Thompson, 74, of Berkeley, CA, died on July 29, 2017. Bob was born February 11, 1943, in Chicago, IL, to the late Dr. Kenneth R.M. and Helen Hevron Thompson. He graduated from Morgan Park High School, received his BA from Stanford University in 1965, was a Fulbright Scholar in Vienna, Austria 1965-66, and received his JD from Harvard Law School in 1969. Bob joined the San Francisco law firm of Pettit & Martin, where he specialized in commercial real estate law. After Pettit & Martin closed in 1995, Bob joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, where he continued to practice real estate law as a partner until his death.

Along with many other projects, Bob worked on the development of UC San Francisco’s Mission Bay campus in San Francisco, the redevelopment of San Francisco’s Pier One and Ferry Building, the redevelopment of Hunters Point Shipyard, Treasure Island Naval Station, and Presidio National Park. He served as a Governor of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), Chair of both the American Bar Association and ACREL legal opinion committees, and Chair of the San Francisco Urban Land Institute District Council.

Bob had a longstanding commitment to pro bono work. He served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and also on the boards of One Justice, the San Francisco Legal Aid Society/Employment Law Center, and the Youth Law Center.

He loved his work, discussing politics and philosophy, and his second home and close friends in Big Sur, CA.

He will be missed by many, including his partner, Sharon O’Grady; his brothers Kenneth Thompson of Chicago, IL; Bruce Thompson of Pine Mountain, GA; and John Thompson of North Chelmsford, MA; and their families.